You will inevitably be faced with a number of important decisions when it comes to designing a new home or a new office space. One of those decisions will be deciding whether to opt for wooden or aluminium windows. Which is the right choice for you? The reality is that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ selection. In fact, both have an array of unique pros and cons. Here is everything that you need to know.
The Pros and Cons of Wooden Windows
The main reason why wooden windows are so popular is that they add a sense of rustic flair to any interior space. They are a real classic and are aesthetically one of the better choices out there. Furthermore, wooden windows are known to provide enhanced insulation compared to many other window types. There is a real cost saving when considering the U-Value and Solar gain of wood as it is easier to achieve the comfort required by using SINGLE Glazing as opposed to DOUBLE Glazing required in Aluminium to achieve the same levels of comfort. They are easy to install and are also eco-friendly in many ways – a great plus for those who are keen to go the ‘green’, more sustainable route.
Insuring that you wooden doors and windows are installed correctly and adequately treated from day one, will give you the full benefit of a beautiful product. Wooden windows can be custom made to suit your needs and can easily be adapted in the manufacturing process to take double glazing.
A disadvantage of timber is that if neglected at the installation stage and no maintenance is done the lifetime of the product is dramatically reduced.
The Pros and Cons of Aluminium Windows
Aluminium windows are amongst some of the most durable and affordable on the market today. They are also extremely versatile in design and have a large colour range. This makes it easy to fit in with any interior décor. Aluminium windows require far less maintenance than wooden windows, and are often easier to keep clean. Aluminium has a poor Energy-Efficient rating so the correct selection of glass is paramount in achieving the desired comfort levels. Although aluminium is extremely resistant to rust, corrosion can still become a problem if aluminium windows are installed in homes that are close to the ocean. This is the reason you should look out for QUALICOAT approved powder coated Aluminium which caters for both the interior and coastal regions.
Ultimately, to avoid any disappointments, information is essential when considering Aluminium as there are many sections and a flood of inferior imported extrusions on the market. The homeowner would be wise to make the necessary enquiries to make sure it meets your long term goals. it is all about preference and budget when it comes to choosing between wooden and aluminium windows. Allow the experts at K Parker Joinery to help you make that choice. Contact us today.